“A sleek hotel with a mouth-watering restaurant, set in a superbly restored 15th-century stone building at the heart of Split’s UNESCO-listed old town”
The Marmont offers 21 double rooms spread over 3 floors, plus a top-floor Presidential Suite. Each has a deliciously comfy kingsize bed with a table and lamp to each side, a chair and desk with a flat-screen TV, armchairs, and ample wardrobe space.
All rooms are very similar in size and design: the Standard Room overlooks the inner courtyard while the Superior and Deluxe Rooms overlook the street. We couldn’t really tell the difference between the latter two, so we don’t feel the extra cost for the Deluxe Rooms is worth it. The top-floor Presidential Suite is a luxurious apartment comprising a vast living room (with a fireplace) and a spacious bedroom, both with sloping ceilings. It also has a bathroom with a Jacuzzi, a private sauna, and a large roof terrace lined with potted lavender plants, affording fine views over Split’s terracotta rooftops.
All the furniture is of a smart minimalist style and made of mahogany, while the fabrics add tones of cream, beige and dark brown; floors are blanched oak. Amenities include a phone, a CD player, a radio, individually controlled a/c and heating, a minibar, a safe box and free WiFi.
Bathrooms are sleek and modern, with dark grey marble tiles, Pascal Morabito toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms have a tub, others a rainfall shower with glass doors: prices are the same, so state if you have a preference when booking.
On the ground floor you’ll find Restaurant Marshal, a bright space with large fold-out patio doors and exposed stone walls, where all meals are served. Breakfast is included in the rates and consists of a typical European buffet. While the choice is limited, everything is fresh and of high quality - think seasonal fruit, yoghurts, cereal, straight-from-the-oven croissants, and platters of cheeses and cold meats. There are also a number of hot dishes available (extra charge), such as eggs Benedict.
For lunch and dinner, there’s simple but delicious-sounding menu of Mediterranean classics with a focus on fresh seafood. Start with a traditional Dalmatian fish soup before moving on to grilled beef or fish from the counter (straight from the sea that morning). Finish with chocolate truffles. If you’d rather something lighter, cosy up on a sofa and pick as much or as little as you’d like from the tapas menu (calamari, cheese and meats, snails, chicken skewers).
There’s also a great cocktail menu, and drinks can be enjoyed at the bar (within the restaurant), on the communal terrace, or outside at one of the cosy tables on the cobbled streets. Most days there’s live music, too.
If you want to eat out, there’s no shortage of restaurants in the old town. A favourite is Luxor, nearby on the Roman Peristyle, which occupies a fine 15th-century building with an exposed stone interior. Sip coffee in its ground-floor café, or try Croatian specialities in the first-floor restaurant. Alternatively, try ACI Grašo for glorious sea views from the terrace of a modern building above the ACI sailing marina, with a sumptuous menu featuring tasty local dishes.
Children are welcome, though the Marmont is aimed primarily at couples in search of a restful holiday, so there are no special facilities for kids. However, if you wish to stay and have a young child, a cot can be provided upon request, or under 3s can stay for free using existing bedding. Reduced rates are available for children staying in their own room.
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking